Notes in the Margins: Tuition, study methods and Obama's loan relief

Tuition and fees rise more than 8% at U.S. public colleges Public four-year universities charged residents an average of $8,244, up 8.3% from last year, while public two-year schools charged an average of $2,963, up 8.7%, says the report by the non-profit College Board. About 80% of the nation’s undergraduates attend public institutions. (USA Today)

Toughest Exam Question: What Is the Best Way to Study? While science can’t promise that you’ll ace every exam, a growing number of studies have shown which study techniques work best. (The Wall Street Journal)

Obama’s new student loan relief program: What does it all mean? Earlier today, President Obama stood before an enthusiastic audience at the University of Colorado’s Denver campus and announced a plan to make student loans more affordable. But what exactly does that mean? And how will this help the average student? Michelle Singletary, a personal finance columnist at the Post, writes that this isn’t a brand new program — it’s an expansion of the existing Income Based Repayment program. (The Washington Post)

NCAA weighing cost of attendance payments to players NCAA president Mark Emmert told the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics on Monday that a proposal to increase grants to student athletes will be finalized this week and he’ll ask the NCAA Division I Board of Directors to support it. (USA Today)

Could Florida face a college student brain drain? 15-percent-a-year tuition increases and big cuts to Bright Futures scholarships have shrunk the gap between the costs of Florida’s public universities and many out-of-state private schools, especially elite colleges that offer plenty of financial aid. (Sun Sentinel via University Business)